The first weekend of June saw the Bloom Festival take place in Dublin. Foodies with an interest in horticulture could be the target audience for the Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) -endorsed event, but the festival attracted 18767920_10154787494873931_8129760281569698187_n  120,000 participants and visitors over the bank holiday weekend. Big names in both gardening and cuisine were at the event – which also touches on related sectors such as sustainability, architecture, ecology and minions.

Miren, attending the event over the course of three days, snapped photos of many of the “inspirations.” There was plenty to admire in the “postcard gardens” exhibit, for example, and the various food-related presences.

Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive, Bord Bia said:

“Bloom not only offers an opportunity to showcase the best of Ireland’s horticultural and food industry to the Irish public, but it has also become an established hub for trade. While visitors to Bloom spend in excess of €7 million at the event and our records show that up to €30 million is spent 18839363_10154787973353931_480369346597739872_ndirectly with exhibitors after the show our annual trade breakfast has become an important commercial date in the Irish food and drink calendar. Irish producers large and small get the potential to secure significant new contracts with some of the UK and Ireland’s leading companies. For visiting retailers and food service buyers, it provides a unique platform to engage directly with suppliers and identify new trends, new products and opportunities to bring to market.”

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Miren with President Higgins